Republican Deal wins Georgia governor

ATLANTA, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal defeated former Gov. Roy Barnes for governor of Georgia Tuesday as the Republican Party won big in the state.

Georgia extends tolls 9 years

ATLANTA, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Georgia officials voted to extend tolls, originally promised to expire next year, on Georgia 400 until 2020 to fund "vastly needed projects."
Ga. governor seeks federal emergency

Ga. governor seeks federal emergency

ATLANTA, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue asked for a federal state of emergency declaration as flood-related deaths rose to nine and scores of highways were closed.

Water pits Georgia against neighbors

ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has said he is in a "fight to the death" with Florida and Alabama over water rights.

Ga. panel report reportedly plagiarized

ATLANTA, June 11 (UPI) -- Much of a report by a Georgia mental health commission was cribbed from a Michigan study and other sources, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Scooby Doo passes online driving class

ATLANTA, May 8 (UPI) -- The Driving Educators of Georgia registered Scooby Doo for an online driving class to prove Internet learning is insufficient punishment for reckless drivers.

Wrong part led to costly water release

ATLANTA, April 20 (UPI) -- A faulty part caused nearly 22 billion gallons of water to be released from Georgia's Lake Lanier a year before a major drought hit the state, a study found.

Georgia legislation beefs up gun rights

ATLANTA, April 5 (UPI) -- A bill allowing people with weapons permits to carry guns in more public places in Georgia is headed to Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Delta launches Atlanta to Shanghai flights

ATLANTA, March 31 (UPI) -- Delta Air Lines said its Atlanta to Shanghai express took its inaugural flight Monday, a 15.4 hour trip that included a blues band and a 10-course meal.

U.S. South raked by storms

ATLANTA, March 16 (UPI) -- Dangerous storms cut a swath through Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, killing at least two people and causing widespread destruction.

Southern states' water talks foundering

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Negotiations among Florida, Alabama and Georgia are reportedly near collapse amid disagreements over water discharges from drought-stricken Georgia.

Plane crash kills six in North Carolina

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Police say prominent members of the Georgia Republican Party were among six people who died when a plane crashed in a front yard in North Carolina.

Ga. governor opposes NRA-backed gun law

ATLANTA, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has signaled opposition to a National Rifle Association-backed measure that would allow workers in the state to have guns in vehicles.

Three drought states talk water allocation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia agreed to forge an emergency drought relief agreement with federal help by February.

Southern U.S. gets federal drought relief

ATLANTA, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Federal environmental officials and regional leaders agreed on plans to provide relief for the severe drought conditions in the southeast United States.
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Sonny Perdue
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue speaks at a motorcycle safety rally at the Georgia State Capitol on February 6, 2007. The actors promoted a motorcycle safety program and their upcoming comedy film. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson)

George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue III, (born December 20, 1946) was the 81st Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia. Upon his inauguration in January 2003, he became the first Republican governor of Georgia since Benjamin F. Conley served during Reconstruction in the 1870s.

Perdue was born in Perry, Georgia. He currently lives in Bonaire, an unincorporated area between Perry and Warner Robins. His father was a farmer and his mother was a teacher. Perdue has been known as Sonny since childhood and prefers to be called by that name (he was sworn in and signs official documents as "Sonny Perdue").

Perdue played quarterback at Warner Robins High School and was a walk-on at the University of Georgia, where he was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Beta-Lambda chapter).

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